Jerry Manuel on Beltran, Castillo, Mejia, Rightfield, etc.

This afternoon at Citi Field, Jerry Manuel spoke with reporters about a variety of topics.

  • Carlos Beltran will have today off.
  • Luis Castillo will start a rehabilitation assignment tomorrow.
  • Both John Maine and Sean Green will begin throwing to hitters next week.
  • Jenrry Mejia is now pain free and anxious to get back on the mound, but will follow a schedule.
  • Oliver Perez has at least two more minor league starts, including one tomorrow, but his status with the big league club is still up in the air.
  • The rotation to open the second half will be R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, Johan Santana, and Hisanori Takahashi.
  • Regarding Jason Bay, Manuel still sees him driving in 100 runs, as he’s come up big for the Mets over the course of the year. Manuel admits he’s still learning about Bay, and while he’s very streaky, he’s primarily concerned with his run production.
  • Regarding the catching situation and how many the Mets will carry, Manuel says a lot depends on the health of Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco, but more than likely they won’t be needing three after the All-Star Break.
  • Regarding Beltran and him energizing the lineup, Manuel’s unsure of how long it will take for him to get into a rhythm, considering how long it took Jose Reyes to get going.
  • Regarding the potential for a platoon in right field, Manuel says its a “possibility” but he wants to keep everyone fresh.
  • Manuel said each of Carlos Beltran, Jeff Francoeur and Angel Pagan will know their role at the beginning of each series so they don’t show up to the ballpark wondering if they’re in the lineup.